des·​ti·​na·​tion | \ ˌde-stə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce destination (audio) \

Definition of destination

1 : the purpose for which something is predetermined or destined
2 : an act of appointing, setting aside for a purpose, or predetermining
3 : a place to which one is journeying or to which something is sent when the package has reached its destination kept their destination secret
4 : a place worthy of travel or an extended visit a popular tourist destination often used attributively a destination restauranta destination resort

Examples of destination in a Sentence

After stopping for lunch, we continued on toward our destination. The package reached its destination two days later. He enjoys traveling to remote and exotic destinations. We traveled through three states before reaching our final destination.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

Even its influx of destination restaurants has substance. Julissa James,, "Four Hours: Art, culture and peace abound on this tour of West Adams," 12 July 2019 Most of these networks ultimately failed to become programming destinations. Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Manhattan, streaming on Hulu, is one of the best, most unheralded dramas of the 2010s," 12 July 2019 The robots make their way to the chute for the destination city among scores of openings and drop the packages in. The Economist, "DistributionAmazon and Alibaba are pacesetters of the next supply-chain revolution," 12 July 2019 The singer shot a music video Wednesday at the foot of Havasu Falls, TMZ reports, almost guaranteeing the in-demand destination at the bottom of the Grand Canyon will grow even more popular. USA TODAY, "Flying goats, chile duel, ’99 Women’s World Cup statue: News from around our 50 states," 12 July 2019 Over the past five years, Denizens Brewing has helped turn downtown Silver Spring into a beer destination. Washington Post, "17 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 11 July 2019 Weekday Tri-Rail one-way fares range from $2.50 to $6.90 depending on the destination. Larry Barszewski,, "Brightline looks for more South Florida stops," 10 July 2019 The highest paying destination overall for under-35s is Indonesia, where expats earn an average annual salary of $115,812. Adam Rasmi, Quartz at Work, "It pays to move abroad—especially if you’re under 35," 9 July 2019 Compare that to Branson, Missouri, a vacation destination in the Ozarks, where visitors hail from Springfield, Missouri, Kansas City, St. Louis, Little Rock and Oklahoma City. NBC News, "Meet the Press - July 7, 2019," 7 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'destination.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of destination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for destination

see destine

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about destination

Statistics for destination

Last Updated

15 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for destination

The first known use of destination was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for destination



English Language Learners Definition of destination

: a place to which a person is going or something is being sent


des·​ti·​na·​tion | \ ˌde-stə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce destination (audio) \

Kids Definition of destination

: a place to which a person is going or something is sent

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on destination

What made you want to look up destination? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to complain fretfully

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's that Smell?! Quiz

  • wide eyed dog smelling rose
  • Someone who is hircine smells like a:
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!